Pentaloe Glen & Convallaria Area
Know before you go
There are no marked paths but please avoid the wetland vegetation which is easily damaged by trampling
There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring and Summer
About the reserve
Both reserve areas lie within an extensive area of ancient semi-natural woodland. Both contain a variety of woodland plants typical of base-rich soils. Botanically-rich fen vegetation has developed, which includes marsh helleborine and fragrant orchid, as well as various sedges and mosses. This wetland vegetation then intergrades with plants of moist woodland edge, such as marsh thistle, bluebell and nettle-leaved bellflower. The waters of the adjacent Pentaloe Brook are well-oxygenated and unpolluted, and contain a number of interesting species, including bullhead, river limpet and a variety of stonefly and mayfly larvae.